Some of this I have taken from SA RUGBY others are my own burbling,
1. Rugby must use television as cricket does
Ask NSW, bad reffing cost them the game against Canterbry, ateam of 4 refs (1
ref, i replacement sitting watching TV and 2 observent TJ's) to have say on
potential try scoring and foul play).
2. SA gets the tougher deal on travel
3. VERY NB, rugby laws are not up to it they must be better conceived witten
and simplified and what about this rubbish about interpretation, In both the
NTVL semi annd the final the refs interpretation of playing the ball on the
ground left a lot to be desired, taking both visiting far to long to adapt to
his lax decisions, BTW this is not a whinge Aland did enough to win anyway.
Case in point NTVL vs Otago saw the player rightly penalised when playing on
their knees etc but when WP played Otago anything went with players falling
over each other like building blocks. This is a case for too much
interpretation, the ref must blow according to the laws and cannot allow
advantage when a team wins it illegally it is all very well to have a nice
flowing game but it must be done within the rules!!
4. Refs favour home teams
Visiting sides always got penalised more than the home team. Officials too
skint to spend money on travelling refs!!
5. visiting players are the only ones playing dirty.
Of the 13 citings so far 11 have been against visitors. Interesting to note
with the Kevin Putt incident, he was being held by player whom knew he wanted
to take the quick tap, thus THEY were commiting a professional fowl and could
have been ordered off and possibly a penilty try if the ref thought he may
have scored. Interesting to notr th WP player cited for dtomping was ina
similar situation where the opposing player would not release the ball. I am
not condoning the retaliation but the efs and especially the touch judges must
do something before the frustration comes in.
6.. Last but not least, bar a few problems the S12 was resounding success
(except the final:(). Tons of tries and exciting moments, down sides are the
phone call from the Kiw inlaws rubbing salt into the wounds. On a serious
note the reffing has to be jacked up. I don't particularily blame their
competence, they need to be given more support and a cross the board (or
country) list of so called interpretations so that the playing fields,
especially for the visiting side, are leveled. Watch when the northern hem
refs do games down south and see how the players react to their
from a quite LAST OUTPOST